Moore House (Demolished) | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Stephen Russo

Moore House (Demolished)

The Moore House was a striking example of modernism in a city dominated by Spanish Colonial Revival and Mediterranean Revival inspired homes.

Wright's design was nearly rejected by Palos Verdes Estates, whose architectural design guidelines strongly favor a traditional aesthetic.

The unique house featured dramatically angled roof overhangs, walls clad in locally quarried Palos Verdes stone, and expansive windows to take advantage of ocean views.

Wright's innovative arrangement of interior rooms placed the common areas, including the living room, dining room and kitchen, along with the master bedroom on the upper floor for maximum views of the ocean and coastline.  Lloyd Wright (1890-1978), son of internationally renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, had a successful career focused in Southern California that spanned over six decades.

Born Franklin Lloyd Wright, Jr., but always known as Lloyd to distinguish him from his father, his career produced such well known works as the Sowden House (1926) in Los Feliz and both the Wayfarer's Chapel (1951 with later additions) and Bird of Paradise House (1965) in nearby Rancho Palos Verdes. The Moore House, completed in 1959, was designed during a period in which Lloyd Wright's work was known for flared, flamboyant forms.

Architectural historian David Gebhard has described Lloyd Wright's postwar residential designs as "agitated, flamboyant and anything but quiet" and "domestic single family equivalents to the sparkling and tinselly world of Wilshire Boulevard."

Video of the House

These video segments from 1994 explore various parts of the Moore House, which remained highly intact until it was demolished. The videos also include commentary from architect Eric Lloyd Wright (the architect's son) and an interview with the original owner.

Part 1 - Moore House Exterior

Part 2 - Moore House Interior (Living Areas) 

Part 3 - Moore House Exterior (Deck)

Part 4 - Moore House Interior (Living Quarters)

Part 5 - Interview with the late Dr. Louis T. Moore

Many thanks to Louis Moore, Jr. for providing the video, producer Teri Wolf for permission to use it, and Jon Dunham for his crucial editing assistance.

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Photo by Larry Underhill

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Before it was demolished, floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows provided unobstructed views of the showroom floor and the immense Cadillac logo offered on the building's exterior attracted customers from afar.